Quality of Life Module for Extension Professional Development

1995 Annual Report for ENC95-008

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1995: $38,580.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1997
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
Project Coordinator:
Elizabeth Bird
Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (CSARE)

Quality of Life Module for Extension Professional Development


During 1997, we completed drafts of eight professional development workshop modules on various quality of life issues: 1) Planning for Quality of Life, 2) Choices in Agricultural Technology and Quality of Life, 3) Agricultural Structure and Community Well-Being, 4) Food Systems and Food Security, 5) What is Whole-Farm Planning: Evaluating Current Planning Systems, 6) Whole-Farm Planning Systems Case Study: The Frantzen Family’s Workbook, 7) Farmer Networks, and 8) Social Capital.

These modules represent 14 hours of new professional development curriculum. All eight workshop curricula will be finished and available for at-cost purchase by early spring of 1998. In addition to developing these workshop curricula, we completed the following activities during 1997: One full-day workshop for 50 administrative council members and extension and natural resource professionals; Two full-day pilot tests of curriculum materials with a total of about 40 participants; One workshop with approximately 20 farmers; Two conference and meeting presentations on the project’s initiatives; Over 100 references and resources for sustaining quality of life through agriculture; Approximately 600 participant instructional hours; and A matrix that organizes ideas for an additional 42 workshop modules, including brief synopses of each.

North Central Region SARE 1997 Annual Report.